Program Overview


The UC Davis Department of Pediatrics Residency Program is a nationally-recognized program that trains pediatricians to be outstanding physicians who serve as leaders in both their communities and profession. Our alumni have a thorough understanding of the special health care needs of our nation's most precious resource, its children.

Our program is based at the UC Davis Children's Hospital in Sacramento, a 132-bed tertiary care pediatric hospital about 18 miles from the main UC Davis campus. The hospital's Inpatient Services include:

UC Davis is the major referral center for a large geographic area including most of Northern California, Western Nevada, and Southern Oregon, and we are the only pediatric residency program in Northern California outside of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our patient population reflects the ethnic diversity of the area providing unique challenges for residents caring for families with different cultural origins. The majority of inpatient training occurs at the Children's Hospital.

Ambulatory training takes place in a variety of sites including the Resident Practice Group, Sacramento County Health Center (Primary Care Clinic), Pediatric Emergency Room and Urgent Care Clinics at the UC Davis Medical Center, the Kaiser continuity clinics in Davis, Rancho Cordova, and Folsom, and Shriners Hospital for Children. Community-based education is located in diverse neighborhoods in Sacramento and Yuba counties.

    In order to provide residents the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, and experiences to serve as leaders within their community and their profession, all residents complete a Scholarly Project during residency. Residents select their scholarly project in any of 4 focus areas: research, community advocacy, quality improvement and patient safety, or medical education. Each resident will design and implement a scholarly project that will culminate in the preparation of an abstract and poster during their third year of residency. We look forward to preparing residents for a career that involves a lifetime of learning and unlimited possibilities.

    Our program accepts thirteen residents each year, giving our residency cohesiveness and close interactions between faculty and residents. The faculty is readily accessible with formal teaching at lectures and conferences, and informally on the ward, in the clinics, or at the bedside. Conferences are designed to emphasize evidence-based learning strategies helping residents, and faculty alike, sharpen their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. One of our greatest strengths is the quality of the residents themselves, who have a long tradition of providing input into all aspects of training. Although we have several pediatric fellowship programs, residents primarily work directly with faculty.

    Sacramento is the capitol of the State of California and presents many additional opportunities for advocacy, education, and an affordable lifestyle. Sacramento is an easily accessible, friendly, family-oriented city known for its strong neighborhoods and parks. Time Magazine called Sacramento the most diverse city in America. Also known as the City of Trees, Sacramento offers numerous outdoor and cultural activities and is in close proximity to Lake Tahoe and Napa Valley.  It is home to the Sacramento Kings (NBA), as well as the minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, the Sacramento Rivercats.  UC Davis Children's Hospital is also the Kit Sponsor for the Sacramento Republic FC, a minor league soccer team founded in 2013.